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  • Spider Confetti
    Spider and Bug Confetti. Decorate or Create Crafts.

  • Amazing Grasshopper Facts - insects
    Grasshoppers can be found almost everywhere in the world, except for the colder regions near the North and South poles. They live in fields, meadows, and just about anywhere they can find generous amounts of leaves to eat.

  • Animal Fact Sheets: Emperor Scorpion
    Nice fact sheet provides detailed information on the Emperor Scorpion. Read information on habitats, feeding behavior, and physical characteristics.

  • An Insect's Perspective
    There are over 200,000 individual insects for every one human on earth. They are everywhere! Insects can be found anywhere from water to land, and swamps to mountain tops.

  • Antlion Pit
    The Antlion Pit is a collection of resources related to the fascinating antlion, or "doodlebug."

  • Ants as pets
    A fact sheet about ants and some information about their care from Provincial Museum of Alberta .

  • Ants as Pets - insects
    The Ant (Hymenoptera) in groups can make great pets. Many people consider the ant a pest before thinking of them as pets. Ants are a big part of ecology and anyone wanting to take the time to build an art farm soon realizes the socialization of these insects and the role they play

  • Bee Anatomy
    Explore the outside and inside of a bee on this interactive site from the PBS Alien Empire series.

  • Billy Bear's Butterflies and Bugs
    From Billy Bear - Pictures, games, printouts, projects, and some butterfly information. (insects)

    The Western North Carolina Conservancy explains the facts about the Brown Recluse Spider and any bites that might occur.

  • Bug Club
    For children interested in bugs and other critters.

  • Bug Pets
    One of the best ways to learn about animals is to keep and look after them and insects and other invertebrates are no exception.

  • Bugs - A to Z Kidstuff
    Buggy/insect oriented learning activities for pre-schoolers.

  • Butterflies North and South - Insects
    This website was produced by Museums and affiliated organizations in Canada and Peru, to give you a glimpse of the butterfly and moth wonders just waiting to be seen and appreciated. Want to identify that beautiful butterfly in your backyard? We can help.

  • Chip Taylor and The Elegant Monarch Butterfly
    This is the seventh (WOW!) year of Monarch Watch, an educational outreach program here at the University of Kansas. Our goals are: to further science education, particularly in primary and secondary school systems; to promote the conservation of Monarch butterflies; and to involve thousands of students and adults in a cooperative study of the Monarchs' spectacular fall migration.

  • Class: insecta
    A website devoted to insects with lots of photographs.

  • Crickets: Frequently Asked Questions - Insects
    - Find answers to questions about the behaviour of the cricket.

  • Digital Dragonflies
    The images presented here were collected by the entomology program based at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Stephenville, part of the Texas A&M University System. Research on dragonflies and damselflies is conducted by the program in relation to regional water quality issues. The first issue, naturally, was an inventory of what species are present in the vicinity. So far, we have collected mainly from Erath county, but will expand slowly to include species from most of north-central Texas. The number of images included has expanded since the inception of this endeavor in September 1996, and more than 200 are now available throughout the project web pages.

  • Emperor Scorpion
    Visit here to find a fact sheet on the world's largest scorpion, the Emperor Scorpion. View a photograph and read about appearance, habitat, and breeding.

  • Encarta Encyclopedia: Scorpion
    Read this encyclopedia article to learn more about scorpions including habitat, and descriptive information.

  • Endangered Insect Index
    From the Endangered Species Project - information about endangered insects.

  • Fire Ant - Factoids
    There are many species of fire ants in the United States, but the most serious U. S. fire ant pests are four in the genus Solenopsis: the Red Imported Fire Ant, the Black Imported Fire Ant, the Southern Fire Ant, and the native fire ant. Distinguishing between imported and native species of fire ant is difficult, even for experts. (insects)

  • Fleas - Entomology
    Adult fleas are about 1/16 to 1/8-inch long, dark reddish-brown, wingless, hard-bodied (difficult to crush between fingers), have three pairs of legs (hind legs enlarged enabling jumping) and are flattened vertically or side to side (bluegill or sunfish-like) allowing easy movement between the hair, fur or feathers of the host. (learn about this insect)

  • Gakken's Photo Encyclopedia Ants - insects
    "The ant is a familiar insect that you have played with since your childhood. However, there is much information about ants that has remained unknown to you, such as: how many kinds there are, where they live and how they live?" Translated from the 1979 Japanese book of the same name, this delightful site has awesome photographs and whimsical illustrations.

  • Getting to Know Ants - insects
    There are many species of ants which occur in lawns and natural areas. Most ants do not require controls and are considered beneficial. The most obvious exception is the Fire Ant...but that is a separate issue from this issue.

  • Gloworm
    Information about insects for 4-H'ers from Mississippi State University.

  • Grasshoppers of Wyoming and the West - insects
    An extensive list of links to field guides, facts sheets, maps and other links.

  • Insectclopledia
    Insectclopledia research portal, the one stop entomology site.

  • Insect Museum
    Pictures of many different varieties of insects (as if you were in a museum)...open a drawer, select a bug and enjoy the picture/info.

  • Insects at Enchanted Learning
    Lessons, games and fun facts about insects.

  • Insect Sounds
    Listen to the "music" of different grasshopper species.

    Like all insects, ants have six legs. Each leg has three joints. The legs of the ant are very strong so they can run very quickly. If a man could run as fast for his size as an ant can, he could run as fast as a racehorse....more

  • Iowa State Insect Zoo Live Camera
    You control the camera - view exotic insects via the Iowa State streaming video Insect Zoo camera.

  • Katerpillars (& Mystery Bugs)
    This section is designed for teachers, 4-H'ers, young people, and anyone else who wants to pursue an interest in Entomology.

  • Learning More about Butterflies - Insects
    Got a question about butterflies and moths? Check this page for an answer. If you don't find your question, drop me an email and I'll be happy to answer you.

  • Let's Learn about Butterflies - insects
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been eating his way through different kinds of food and is getting ready to turn into a beautiful butterfly. He wants you to find out all about his life and how he will become a beautiful butterfly.

  • Life Cycle of the Butterfly
    The life cycle of the butterfly is arguably one of the most bizarre and impressive examples of nature at work on the planet - one could be forgiven for believing that caterpillars and butterflies were entirely separate species.

  • Moths of North America - Insects
    A great source of information about moths across North America - with thumbnail visuals.

  • Myrmecology: The Science About Ants
    Did you know a myrmecologist is a scientist that studies ants? If you are ready to raise your own ant colony, you'll be interested in the recipe for nourishing ant food (egg yolk, yeast, sugar and honey) and instructions on building an artificial ant nest. Your ant colony will live much longer in one of these nests than in a commercial plastic ant farm.

  • Naming the Parts of a Termite
    Here's a rough sketch of a 'typical' termite. Click on a button to highlight the named body part.

  • Operation Extermination
    Join Vinny the exterminator on his big cartoon comic adventure into the insect world, featuring online 3-D comics book, animation, coloring book pages and a gallery of wacky bug characters.

  • So you want to learn about Ants !
    Great info on an exotic variety of ants. (insects)

  • Spider Lessons and Activities for the Classroom
    Complete set of 7 lessons to use in the classroom, background information and other features. (insects)

  • Spider Page
    Detailed spider photos by Jon Zawislak Black Widow (Adult and baby) Jumping Spider Wolf Spider with Babies Arkansas Tarantula

  • Spiders
    Spiders" is a cooperative collaboration science inquiry project. The goal was to show how science inquiry and the internet could be used effectively with young children.

  • Spiders and other Arachnids
    Good spider resource - includes myths about spiders, info on the brown recluse, and photos.

  • Spiders - WildNet Africa
    Spiders are a part of Wildlife in Zimbabwe. Should we destroy them, or should we learn something about them? LIS DOBB concludes a two part introduction intended to show that - SPIDERS ARE FUN, BUT BE WARY OF SOME!`

  • Students Learn About Ants - insects
    Choose your grade level and proceed to learn about the world of ants.

  • Students learn about spiders - Insects
    Given their propensity for horror-movie behavior, it's little wonder that spiders evoke an immediate reaction of fear and disgust from students. That's why Linda Rayor, Cornell instructor in entomology, does something unusual: She begins her course on spiders by using education to cure her students of arachnophobia -- the fear of spiders.

  • The Butterfly WebSite
    Welcome to The Butterfly WebSite! Join us in learning more about the fascinating world of butterflies. Here you can tour our photo gallery, learn how to plant a butterfly garden, take a field trip, find a pen-pal, chat with other butterfly-lovers and so much more!

  • The Spider Page - Insects
    Everything you ever wanted to know about spiders. Lots of links, lots of spidery information.

  • The Virtual Insectary
    Welcome to The Virtual Insectary! Just like insect zoos and butterfly gardens, you've found a unique place to study and observe a few insects (except these don't move!). The Virtual Insectary not only provides images of some common insects, but includes information on the foods which they eat as well as the habitats where they can be found.

  • Walking Stick
    Walking sticks are found primarily in the temperate and tropical regions. These creatures spend their days motionless hanging from leaves and branches waiting until dark to feed. This particular insect gets its name from its appearance, looking much like a twig or in some cases the leaves upon which it feeds.

  • Where Do Butterflies Come From?
    Ever wonder where a butterfly comes from? It comes from a chrysalis (KRIS-uh-liss) which is also called a pupa. A chrysalis looks like a tiny leathery pouch. You can find one underneath some leaves in the summer. (insects)

  • Zoom Butterflies
    Information on the butterfly lifecycle, anatomy, mimicry, an illustrated dictionary, learning activities, and more.

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